The 10 Fruit + Alcohol Pairs You Should Be Soaking Together

When you think of summertime, probably one of the first images that crosses your mind is one filled with fresh fruit and cold beverages by the poolside. So why not put two and two together and infuse summer’s bounty with some of your favorite adult sips? Don’t be afraid to get wild with it, even if it’s not summer! There are a bunch of all-season sangrias, too, that need fruit!

Booze-soaked fruit is as easy as it is delicious. Simply select your preferred fruit, pair it with a complementary liquor, and then let things marinate. That’s it. It’s so easy you won’t even have trouble whipping up seconds.

If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are 10 ideas to start with.

1. Pineapple + Rum

Tropical pineapple embodies the taste of summer. It’s refreshing, tangy, and unbearably juicy. This year, however, up the ante and soak these fresh chunks of fruit in rum for an extra delicious treat.

Make sure to mix things up though by using both spiced and coconut rum. Get a recipe here.

2. Coconut + Rum

Channel your inner pirate and break out the coconut… and the rum. Rum-infused coconut is delicious in tres leches cake, as a piña colada garnish, or simply eaten with a fork.

Or alternatively, you can just pour some rum over ice into the inside of a fresh, young coconut and call it a day.

3. Mango + Champagne

Mangos are great because you don’t have to soak them so much as blend them with your favorite alcohol.

Give a mango + lime + champagne agua fresca a try to see how boozy you like your tropical fruit. Get a recipe here.

4. Watermelon + Beer

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Summer beers are here and you know you’re going to need every excuse to try them all. So why not try out beer-soaked watermelon. You will be surprised with the hoppy results. Get a recipe here.

If beer isn’t your thing, don’t fret. Watermelon is also wonderful when soaked in tequila. Try it out with your favorite (not terribly expensive) agave liquor.

5. Strawberries + Vodka

There are so many alcohols that you should be soaking your strawberries in. For starters try:

  • Sherry

  • Kirsch

  • Kahlua

  • Vodka

Or you can get extra fancy and plump your strawberries up with some champagne and then dress them up with a coat of frosting. No one will be disappointed with these summertime beauties. Get a recipe here.

6. Raspberries + Champagne

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Raspberries and champagne are a classic, so don’t leave this out of your booze-soaked fruit repertoire.

Simply submerge your raspberries in bubbly to make a lovely cocktail or blend the two ingredients together and you can turn it into a cake. Either way, you’re going to be pleased with the bright, sparkling flavor result.

7. Oranges + Brandy

If you soak oranges in brandy, you’ll basically be making your own Grand Marnier, which is never a bad thing. This way, you’ll save yourself a few bucks and have booze soaked orange slices to much on.

Wondering what you would use homemade Grand Marnier for? Try using it in French toast or a dark chocolate soufflé.

8. Peaches + Bourbon

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Southern summers mean peaches. And while peaches are juicy to their core, there is no reason you can’t gild the lily and add some extra hydration with a liquor bath.

Try soaking them in bourbon or dressing them in whiskey to get yourself started.

9. Cherries + Bourbon

Cherries are at their peak in high summer as warm weather touches the perma-cloudy Northwest of the United States. While those in Seattle are probably having trouble withstanding the sunshine, the rest of the country is thankful as cherry shipments begin.

This year, scrap the complicated cherry recipes in favor of letting them marinate in a bowl of bourbon. Don’t believe it will be as delicious as your favorite dessert? Give it a try and prove yourself wrong.

10. Grapes + Wine

The perfect way to use grapes is to not soak them in alcohol. Instead, use grapes as ice cubes in your wine.

All you have to do is freeze them and toss a couple into your glass. That way you can keep your vino cool without diluting it.